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Facebook ditches plan to send satellite into space

Facebook ditches plan to send satellite into space

Many of the major tech companies that rely on the internet for users to take advantage of their service are focused on getting people online in areas where broadband is traditionally lacking. Getting the next billion internet users online is a big area of focus for Google. Facebook is also interested in getting as many people online as possible. The more people who use the web around the world, the more users Facebook gains and the more revenue it can potentially generate.

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Facebook challenges Designbook’s trademark

Facebook challenges Designbook’s trademark

A Vermont startup has accused Facebook of bullying it over a trademark squabble — the startup is called “Designbook”, and so you can see where Facebook’s issue comes into play. Designbook’s founders Kyle Clark and Aaron Pollak filed the trademark applications back in September. This past March they said they were informed that Facebook planned to challenge the trademark, claiming the similarities in the name could cause “confusion in the industry”. The use of "book", it was claimed, could confuse consumers about whether the two companies are related.

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Facebook Lite Review: stripped for the next billion users

Facebook Lite Review: stripped for the next billion users

This week Facebook launches Facebook Lite, a version of their social networking app made for low-speed data networks around the world. This app is aimed at nations with little or severely limited data on smartphone, pushing the line between functionality and operability. This app isn't made for everyone - it's made for those that want to connect in remote areas, and don't mind giving up a few flourishes in an app to do so. Facebook Lite functions very similar to the standard Facebook app - can it keep up?

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Facebook Messenger drops constant location sharing for user-initiated sharing

Facebook Messenger drops constant location sharing for user-initiated sharing

Facebook Messenger is doing away with its constant location sharing and rolling out a new, user initiated, way to share locations. The previous method would track your location in the background if you had location enabled for Messenger. The process would not only drain your battery from GPS usage, but was downright dangerous in the hands of stalkers or hackers with a desire to find you, face to face. The user initiated location sharing could also signify a big push towards GPS features from the social network as the Head of Product of Messenger, Stan Chudnovsky states, "What we’re launching is the foundation of everything that’s coming."

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Facebook introduces new “Lite” app for Android

Facebook introduces new “Lite” app for Android

Facebook has announced its new "Facebook Lite" offering, something that sounds oddly familiar. Regardless, the new rendition of the social network's app is specifically for Android users who need to (or want to ) keep data usage to a minimum, allowing them to use the service without it breaking the bank/data cap/whatever limitation might exist. Ultimately the app is for those who are in areas where their network access is slow and has trouble facilitating use of the social network’s regular app.

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Facebook tests ‘Saved Replies’ letting Pages streamline customer service

Facebook tests ‘Saved Replies’ letting Pages streamline customer service

Facebook is making it easier for businesses to reply to customer inquiries en masse. Business pages in some select areas are getting the ability to test out "Saved Replies," a new feature which Facebook hopes will not only draw more businesses to the platform, but increase the activity of businesses that are inattentive to their pages. With Saved Replies, companies can create multiple static responses to use in specific customer situations, like a taking orders, confirming reservations, or thanking someone for their patronage.

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Facebook opens Paris-based AI research lab

Facebook opens Paris-based AI research lab

Facebook has plans to open a research lab focusing on artificial intelligence in Paris, France, it has been revealed. This will give the social network access to Europe’s artificial intelligence talent, and will further Facebook’s own AI efforts spanning multiple aspects of the technology — everything from analyzing text to recognizing speech, and a whole lot of similar things between. A bunch of specialists in the field have already been hired, and there are said to be plans in place to bring in even more talent.

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Facebook begins testing encrypted emails

Facebook begins testing encrypted emails

Facebook is experimenting with a new feature that'll likely not win it favor with the NSA. This morning the social network announced that it is rolling out a feature that will allow privacy-conscious users to receive encrypted emails from Facebook, with the feature covering emails that are of a sensitive nature — password reset messages, for example. Under this new feature, one can add OpenPGP public keys to their Facebook profile, and can also opt-in to an encrypted notifications option for getting more secured messages.

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Animated Gifs on Facebook: now you can too!

Animated Gifs on Facebook: now you can too!

Facebook opens the doors to animated .GIF image postings on the vast social network - through 3rd party servers. While you'll be able to see animated gifs on Facebook from this point forward (fingers crossed), Facebook isn't shouldering the burden themselves. Instead they - and you - will be relying on image hosts from around the web, and continued hosting from those sites remotely. Facebook's policy with gifs remains the same - but showing images from other sites is about to become just fine.

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Facebook Messenger payments expand test market, bring improvements

Facebook Messenger payments expand test market, bring improvements

Facebook Messenger's mobile payment system is going to undergo an update, which aims to increase user-friendliness, removing any obstacles that are preventing users from opting for Messenger for their peer-to-peer payment needs. The service was first introduced to Messenger users in March, in select U.S. cities such as Portland, Seattle, and Austin. The update adds New York City to the roster. The app just announced its incoming changes on Wednesday.

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